I wonder sometimes when the lesson will stick.
When I will give up the worrying, the fretting, the anxiety, the half-hearted resolutions, the frustrations, all of that, and begin to pour out my heart to Him a bit more. When will I remember, really let it become a part of my being and belief, that I have a heavenly Father that loves my husband and children and other loved ones infinitely more than I ever could? When will I replace that time spent in fear or doubt or setting unreasonable expectations for myself and instead spend it on my knees interceding instead?
This week I'd like to take a step forward in that and I thought maybe you'd like to join me.
I'll be praying a novena to St. Monica beginning Tuesday and ending on her feast day, August 27.
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Monica is the patron saint of
victims of infidelity
loved ones who have left the Church
and wayward children.
Some pretty hardcore, all-encompassing things, huh?
She prayed for years for the conversion of her son Augustine as well as for her husband Patricius who was unfaithful as well as an alcoholic. Both of them were brought to Christ through her prayers. Like the Canaanite woman in today's Gospel that dared to beg Christ for the healing of her daughter, Monica pleaded for years for the salvation of her husband and son, fasting and praying constantly. Both were converted and one of them became one of the foremost doctors of the Church, so great was his conversion. The entire body of Christ is indebted to this simple mother for her incessant prayers that allowed us to have one of the greatest most influential minds in our Church who then in turned inspired countless more to conversion of mind and heart.
I can't say I have an all-out Augustine (yet) but I do have that child. Maybe you do, too. Or maybe that marriage. How many of us share a bit of that same heartache of that mother of seventeen centuries ago! I'll be begging her intercession for that particular offspring as well as for continued healing in my own marriage. That, I know, will bear much more fruit than the worry, the fear, the brooding, and the anxiety that I am so prone to indulge in instead.
So please, join me in prayer for our children (biological or spiritual) and husbands. I'd love to know if you will be praying with me and if you'd like, please place your intentions in the comments or email me privately (betterthaneden1 (at) yahoo (dot) com) and I can add your names or intentions to my list. (And please also share with others you know who may be in particular need.)
May Saint Monica be our example in fidelity and trust in God's love, mercy, and faithfulness and may she intercede for all of our intentions.
St. Monica, pray for us!
"Hence most calmly and with a heart filled with confidence, she replied to me how she believed in Christ that before she departed from this life she would see me a faithful Catholic. This much she said to me. But to you, O fountain of mercies, she multiplied her prayers and tears, so that you would speed your help and enlighten my darkness."
The tomb of Saint Monica in the Church of Saint Augustine in Rome
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